Louis Dreyfus SAS (LDSAS) is a privately owned company that operates energy, real estate and commodities businesses. It also has operations in electricity distribution and renewable and biomass energy. The company s commodities division trades and markets rice, sugar, ethanol, coffee, cotton, grains and oilseeds. Founded in 1851, Louis Dreyfus SAS additionally trades ocean freight, metals and financial instruments. Its energy division specializes in the merchandising, trading and storage of natural gas, coal, refined products, plastic resins and other petrochemicals. The company operates Louis Dreyfus Property Group, which owns, develops and manages properties in North America and Europe. Louis Dreyfus SAS operates in more than 50 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, India, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, South Africa and the Soviet Union.